A Word from Our Pastor
Dear First Family,
It’s a great day to worship! It’s a tremendous day to join with the greatest family in the world—the church! It’s a wonderful day to be exposed to the guidance of God’s Word! I’m very glad you are here.
This morning, we continue in our study of the Gospel of Mark, as we look at one of Jesus’ first parables, The Parable of the Sower.
Remember this as we study…
I used to read this story as though these various soils were 4 different kinds of people, who remained the same all through their lifetimes. But I’ve come to see that what our Lord is describing here is not 4 types of persons, so much, but conditions of our heart at any given moment. Whenever the Word is being taught, people are in one condition or another. We’ve all been callous, at times. We’ve all been emotional & shallow. We’ve all been overly worried about other matters. And we’ve all had times of being open & responsive to the Word. The question is how are we receiving God’s Word at this moment?
If I were to boil this sermon down to one sentence, here’s what it would be:
The spiritual impact of a Bible message isn’t based on the content of the message; it depends on how the Word is HEARD & RECEIVED.
Today, let’s hear and receive well!
Sunday School (Sunday | 9:45-10:30 am)
D-Groups- There will be no D-Groups this week.
EDGE (Wednesdays | 6:30-7:45pm)
Light the Night (Oct. 30th|6-7:30pm)
FBCSM is responsible for 3 parking spots this year! Contact Tim if your student would like to offer their trunk or truck bed for one of these spots.
Kids Praise | Sundays @ 11 am
No Kids Praise today.
Child activity sheets are available outside the Sanctuary doors.
Cultivate 28 | Wednesdays @ 6 pm
Shout Choir//Bible Skills & Story// Missions// Recreation
Bible Presentation: We will have a Breakfast and Bible Presentation for kids in grades Kindergarten-2nd grade in on Sunday October the 2nd. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Cathy Byrne or the church office.
Shopping trip to Waco in October. Date TBD
55+Game Night, November 3rd
NAVARRO COLLEGE CHOIR
Will join FBCC Choir on October 9th during both services.
Beloved Ladies Ministry
Operation Christmas Child. (OCC) October 13th in Fellowship Hall @ 6 pm. We will have a potluck supper & Packing Party. Brother Loyd will share his personal testimony on the impact it had when he received his first shoe box. We will collect and pack boxes. List of items needed is in the office. Contact Victoria Bailey or Nanette Bray.
Each week (M-W-F) we offer a class that emphasizes strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. The class meets in the FLC at 9 am and is led by Jimmie Buchanan.
No Evening Service
The Sanctuary flowers are given by Mike and Cindy McCary in honor of Pastor Appreciation Month to honor Dr. Danny Reeves and our Ministerial Staff for their faithful shepherding of our FBC Family by proclaiming the Gospel message in both word and deed.
Children’s Bible Presentation
First Steps Luncheon
OCC Kick off
Lake Halbert | Ice Cream Social
Family Meal $3 per person
Wednesdays @ 5 pm in the FLC. Make a reservation by Tuesday. Call the Church Office (903) 872-7473.
Hamburger Stroganoff, Seasoned Green Beans, Peaches & Salad; Desserts, Tea & Water
The Ten Commandments by Bro. Danny l Begins Sep 28
The Book of Mark | Led by Deadra Gage | Begins Sep 28
Lord Supper Schedule
Oct 12 – Wed night (6pm)
Oct 23 – On the landing
Nov 20 – AM services
Dec 24 – Christmas Candlelight
ESL (English Second Language)
Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 17 from 6-7:30 pm.
We have several volunteer needs:
1) Bilingual Helpers (6-7:30 pm) *
2) Full, Part-Time or Substitute Teachers (6-7:30 pm) †
3) Registration Clerks & Guides (5:45-6:30 pm)
* If you are in the choir, you can help till 7:00 pm.
† Bilingual not required
Supply Needs: Old CD players. If you have one, let Mary Heard know.
Good News Club
Team members lead a Bible club for various CISD elementary schools. If you are interested contact the Church Office or Michelle Purifoy.
We are looking for smiling faces to welcome families, students, and children to our facility. You can assist families with check-in, collect information from guests, and help guide visitors to the appropriate class or group.
Good News Café
On Mondays, team members prepare and serve a free hot meal to people in our community, ministering and praying for those who attend. Meals are served from 11:00am to 12:30pm.
Good News Closet
Team members sort and distribute donated clothes during the Good News Café. We are currently accepting donations. We are in need of men’s jeans, shirts, and casual shoes. Contact Cleita Ferrell.
Habitat for Humanity
Every Saturday morning you can help a family build a place to call home. Work is from 8am till 12 noon at 1108 E 4th Avenue. For more information, see Rick Jarrell.
Worship Media Team
Team members help coordinate tech support for worship services. We are currently seeking a member to help run lights.